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Wight in Bloom 2018 Winners announced


There were a whopping 114 gardens entered into this year's Wight in Bloom competition - all visited by a panel of volunteer judges during July, scoring the entries for their design, range of plants, colour, presentation, maintenance and creativity.

Friday, 21st September, 2018 6:13pm

By Simon Clark with one comment

Video: Wonderful Isle of Wight Pride feature on BBC’s InsideOut

iw pride inside out segment

There are some touching and heartfelt stories in this great feature on the BBC's Inside Out programme about this year's Isle of Wight and UK Pride.

Friday, 21st September, 2018 4:48pm

By Sally Perry

Hovertravel’s technical issues result in 4+ week revised timetable

New hovercraft

Hovertravel have had to revert to a revised timetable for the next few weeks as a fault on the Solent Flyer is repaired. There are a number of cancellations to the timetable.

Friday, 21st September, 2018 2:42pm

By Stephen Forster with 2 readers' comments

Join the #Refill Revolution on the Isle of Wight for national Refill Day

refill stickers

Download the Refill App to see where the 70+ refill stations are on the Isle of Wight, or look out for the stickers in windows to refill your water bottles and help reduce plastic pollution.

Friday, 21st September, 2018 10:24am

By Anne Sayer

Quarr Abbey Oak: Your vote can help make it Tree of the Year and win grant to secure future

The Quarr Abbey Oak

This wonderful tree at Quarr Abbey is not only a magnificent oak tree, but also a marvellous time capsule of social history. Your vote could help it win Tree of the Year and cash to help protect its future.

Friday, 21st September, 2018 9:38am

By Sally Perry

Tunnel to the Isle of Wight: Proposed entry & exit locations and costs revealed

solent tunnel -Closer detail of M27 to intersection portal location at Daedalus Enterprise Zone

Campaigners for a fixed link between the Isle of Wight and mainland have revealed the entry and exit points of the proposed 'Solent Freedom Tunnel'. OnTheWight has the maps and more detail.

Friday, 21st September, 2018 8:40am

By Sally Perry with 24 readers' comments

Ryde School ‘ticks all six boxes that really matter’ says influential educationalist

Sir Anthony Seldon with Lauren Bromley and Ollie Coulson, both Prefects in the Upper Sixth at Ryde School

Well known influential educationalist and writer on mindfulness and holistic education, Sir Anthony Seldon said Ryde School ‘ticks all six boxes that really matter'.

Friday, 21st September, 2018 6:58am

By Ra Hennessy

Victoria of Wight heralds completion of Wightlink’s £45 million investment

Countess of Wessex on the Bridge of Victoria of Wight

The arrival of Victoria of Wight heralds the completion of Wightlink's £45 million investment to improve the speed and efficiency of the route between Fishbourne and Portsmouth. The vessel was named today by the Countess of Wessex.

Thursday, 20th September, 2018 5:39pm

By Karen Woods with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council refuse to disclose info on floating bridge chemicals

see no evil

A couple of very simple questions were posed by OnTheWight to the Isle of Wight council when a passenger discovered her jeans were covered with bleach stains after getting on and off the Cowes floating bridge.

Thursday, 20th September, 2018 3:58pm

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Temporary closure of Firestone Copse and Parkhurst Forest car parks

firestone copse from the air

The Forestry Commission apologise for any inconvenience and hope visitors will understand the need to preserve the safety of all around large machinery.

Thursday, 20th September, 2018 1:23pm

By Justin Rylands

Man’s body found in Newport cemetery (updated)


Our thoughts are with the man's family and friends at this tragic time. The area has been cordoned off by police and we'll update once we have more information.

Thursday, 20th September, 2018 10:00am

By Sally Perry

Future plans for Isle of Wight Alcohol Treatment service revealed (updated)

St Mary's Corridor by Auntie P

Isle of Wight NHS Trust cited recruitment problems when they confirmed to OnTheWight last month that referrals to the alcohol treatment service had ceased. We have an update.

Thursday, 20th September, 2018 9:43am

By Sally Perry